If you’ve haven’t yet satisfied your summer time craving for s’mores around a campfire, but don’t want to venture too far from home, pack up the camping gear and head to scenic Camp Sherman. Although the privies are primitive and your drinking water must be pumped by hand, what these Forest Service campsites lack in amenities, they more than make up for in location—the icy, rushing, Metolius River gushes and gurgles just steps from each site (bring your fly rod and waders). There are pull-through sites for RVs, but no hook-ups.
Surrounded by thousands of acres of sweet-smelling Ponderosa pines (some say the sweet fragrance is vanilla, others swear it’s butterscotch), central Oregon’s Camp Sherman is a tiny wooded community that’s big on breathing space. The community began as a rest stop for weary wheat farmers well over 100 years ago and remains a charming respite reminiscent of days gone by. Camp Sherman is a great place to connect with the great outdoors.
The 85-year-old Camp Sherman general store still has a wooden floor yet carries all the supplies any camper would need for a day, week or more—groceries, fresh deli sandwiches, maps and books, souvenir T-shirts, even gourmet foods and wines. The friendly staff will gladly answer questions about the area and happily show off the store’s assortment of over 1,000 fishing flies. The attached post office is not only a place to mail a picturesque postcard, it also acts as a book exchange—take a free book or magazine and leave another in its place. A small elementary school, chapel, community hall, and the fine dining Kokanee Café round out this miniature neighborhood.
Read Part 2 to find out what else to see and do in Camp Sherman, Oregon!